Welsh, Carson’s Busy, Billion $$ Week

In case you hadn’t heard, the Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe private equity firm was featured in several deal announcements last week. The largest deal, at $1.06 billion, was for Concentra Inc., a subsidiary of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), which operates urgent care, occupational medicine, physical therapy and other programs. For the transaction, Welsh, Carson […]

March Healthcare M&A Madness

March isn’t quite over as we write this, and neither is the madness—which won’t stop us from posting the biggest deals of the month. As of Friday, March 27, $34.4 billion has been committed to finance about 105 transactions. Of course, $21 billion of that comes from the AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) acquisition of Pharmacyclics (NASDAQ: […]

Fred’s Inc. Buys EntrustRx

Specialty pharmaceutical companies are still in strong demand, and so are specialty pharmacies. Three deals in the first quarter of 2015 have been announced, the most recent being last week’s $66 million acquisition of Reeves-Sain Drug Store, Inc., a private specialty and retail pharmacy company, by Fred’s Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED). Fred’s sells general merchandise through […]

Fortis Sells its Singapore Surgical Hospital

Fortis Healthcare International Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Fortis Healthcare Ltd (BSE: FORTIS), sold its Fortis Surgical Hospital in Singapore to Beijing-based Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM). The 31-bed hospital sold for $39.8 million, or $1.28 million per bed. Concord plans to rename the facility the Singapore Concord Cancer Hospital, and to add […]

Back to Smaller Hospital Deals

Our annual 2015 Health Care Services Acquisition Report is getting ready to go to press, and we thought we’d share a bit of data on hospital transactions in recent years. Between 2008 and 2011, an average of 1.4 facilities were involved in each hospital deal. In 2012 and 2013, however, larger systems came into play, and the […]

Another PBM Changes Hands

Early this month we wrote about the pick-up in M&A activity around pharmacy benefits management (PBM) companies, particularly as private equity firms made exits. Last week, another PBM made M&A news, as Magellan Health (NASDAQ: MGLN) paid $55 million to acquire 4D Pharmacy Management Systems in Troy, Michigan. 4D Pharmacy has strong presence in the […]

Janssen Scoops Up XO1

No, XO1 is not a drug candidate, it’s the name of an asset-centric virtual biopharmaceutical company, XO1 Limited, a UK-based portfolio company of Index Ventures. Janssen Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: JNJ) paid an undisclosed price for the virtual company, which was founded solely to develop the anti-thrombin antibody ichorcumab, which basically acts as an anticoagulant but doesn’t […]

UPMC Acquires Local Hospice Provider

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has been busy this year, with two acquisitions and a “significant investment,” after 18 months off the M&A circuit. This month’s acquisition was Family Hospice and Palliative Care, also in Pittsburgh. The company is the state’s largest not-for-profit medical services provider for people with terminal illness. UPMC also […]